Snowfall below average at lower elevations

Print
Email
|

by Karen Zatkulak

NWCN.com

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 28 at 5:11 PM

MORES CREEK -- This week's winter storms brought several snow showers to the valley, but just how much is piling up in the upper elevations?

Friday, snow surveyors found out during their first check of the season. It's a measurement that directly affects how much water we'll see this spring.

They used snowshoes to get out at Mores Creek, about 13 miles from Idaho City, looking at five different sites to see how much snow has already fallen this winter.

It was quickly clear to the seasoned snow surveyors that not much snow had fallen in the lower elevations.

Water Supply Specialist Ron Abramovich used a snow tube to measure the snow pack and the water depth at all five sites.

He told KTVB the average measurements are about half of where they should be.

"So overall we measured 27 inches of depth and water depth was 6.6," said Abramovich.

Abramovich said the water depth is what's important.  The water they measure trickles down to the water supply we use every day, all year.

He said, "Here in the west this is what drives our rivers basically and fills our reservoirs."

It's also the water rafters enjoy each spring, and farmers need for irrigation.

Abramovich said this season is already unique.

The snowfall at higher elevations is far above normal, while the lower elevations, are far below.

"Hopefully the reservoirs will fill throughout summer, but if we end up in a dry spell we may have to draft the reservoirs sooner to provide the water to feed those crops," said Abramovich.

The surveyors will return to the same spots every month until June to monitor exactly how the snow melts this spring.  

Right now, surveyors tell us the average for all eleven sites in the Boise Basin is above average for this time of year.

Print
Email
|